AMPLIFY: God’s Sovereignty
Lesson 20: Creator King
Lesson 20, Devotion 1
“Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand. Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it? On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone—while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?” - Job 38:4-7
If you pay attention to how many people act, it’s tempting to be an “expert” on things we know nothing about. We see this in sports arenas when a coach calls a play that the fans disagree with, or even online when a person feels slighted and rants about it. Maybe you even have this problem in your own life as you give advice to others on how they should do something differently.
Flip that around, though. Think about how you’ve felt in the past when someone tried to tell you about something you clearly knew more about than they did. You probably struggled somewhere between biting your tongue and wanting to say, “Seriously? Let me tell you how little you actually know.”
Read the passage from Job through that lens. Job is basically questioning God, asking why things in life can be so tragic. The Lord replies by asking if Job really understands what he’s asking when, as a human, he can’t even understand how the world came to be! It’s a powerful reminder to Job that God is sovereign above all others.
Think about this:
How do you feel realizing that you'll never fully understand God? Even in heaven, He'll still be God, and you won't be. Does that bother you?
When have you felt like your questions for God needed answers, but instead of giving you a direct response He gave you His presence instead?
Lesson 20, Devotion 2
“A man’s steps are directed by the Lord. How then can anyone understand their own way?” - Proverbs 20:24
We really like having control over our lives. Or we like to think we do. The problem is that God gets to do as He pleases, even when we want to be our own authority. We can’t always do things our way.
What symbolizes this for you? Think about something in your life that would be hard to give up for a few days. Would you let someone else in your home hold your phone for you, only letting you know when an important call comes in? How about allowing a sibling or friend to change all the work you’ve put into a video game or online simulation you’ve spent hours working on? Would you let another person pick your clothes out for you?
If you were to play out one of the previously mentioned scenarios, it would be tough on you, right? The question is, why? It almost always boils down to trust.
Think about this:
Who are the people you trust? Are there any areas in your life you wouldn’t trust them with?
Is God someone you trust? Are there any areas in your life you wouldn’t trust Him with?
How does it feel to not be in control? Is there anything positive that you sense from it?
Lesson 20, Devotion 3
“I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?” - Jeremiah 32:27
If you opened the top of a grand piano and shouted into the strings underneath, a few of them would begin to vibrate more than others. These would be the strings that are most in tune with the pitch of your voice. Different people would each experience different results with the same piano.
You see this in life all the time when two or more people attempt the same task and get different results. For example, some of us seem built more for athletics than others. Even twins from the same family often develop different interests. When you "shout into" life, you find some things are easier and resonate with you more than other things.
This is another area where God is different than us. Nothing is too difficult for Him, and everything vibrates when He speaks. Your life is lived at God’s mercy, but He has chosen to have you in this world. He wants you to be a part of His plan.
Reread the verse from Jeremiah and consider if you own its truth:
When you pray, do you pray tame prayers that ask God to “get you through” something, or do you dig deep and ask Him to do the most miraculous thing possible?
When life doesn’t change even after you pray, do you find yourself still willing to pray the next time with as much faith? Do you still see God as powerful?